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    That looks more like skinned Russian long underwear!
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    Tell us about the well decorated Russian lass. Shapely, too.
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    We tried the oscillating turret about the time the AMX-13 came out. Apparently decided it didn't work that well. If I recall my Hunnicutt (and I may not), ours was made by a hot water heater company. Apparently trying to develop a side-line in case cold showers became all the rage...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Tell us about the well decorated Russian lass. Shapely, too.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalya_Meklin.

    Wow!

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    IIRC they were flying bi-planes and supposedly cut their engines to glide into the target. Whatever, seems they were pretty quiet and were hard to locate from the ground.

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    1944, Italy, Monte Cassino, A French tirailleur (infantryman) of the colonial troops (Goumiers)sharpens his bayonet.
    The Moroccan Goumiers (French: Les Goumiers Marocains) were indigenous Moroccan soldiers who served in auxiliary units attached to the French Army of Africa, between 1908 and 1956. While nominally in the service of the Sultan of Morocco, they served under French officers, including as part of the Free French Forces.(taken from wiki)

    Source: United States Office of War Information

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    Circa 1940- Interior view of a French Char FCM 2C super heavy tank. Soldier in foreground is manning a Hotchkiss machine gun.

    Image and Info sourced from BATRAC International.
    taken from fb/The France and Flanders Campaign 1940

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    Germany, april 1945.
    A french paratrooper commando from the 1st Bataillon de Choc enjoying german war booty : german motorcycle, german belt, and probably german tunic. Note the german prisonners in the background.

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    1940- French soldiers manning a Canon de 155mm Mle 1916 named "Madeleine" somewhere in France. Note name painted on barrel.

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    taken from fb/France and Flanders Campaign 1940

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    FFI troops using a captured "Wespe" armored ammunition carrier, Normandy, summer 1944.
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    This is great. Thanks for links, Gents!
    The one from collectR is most informative. https://thesanghakommune.org/2019/02...ows-1939-1940/

    Seems the Finns hated the Russians enough to go all-in...

    A recent fiasco at a straight razor forum I participate in was critical of a Ukrainian war memorial at a Canadian/Ukrainian church.

    Guys could not understand why some joined the SS just to kill Russians. Their Fathers fought against the Russians at any cost.
    Was built in 1988 to honor them in the church graveyard, I think.

    It's wrong by today's standards, but was it right to them at that time? War is hell...

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    In your dreams, Ivan. My old Finnish pal, now gone, used to tell me, yes, the Russians killed us, but we killed twenty of them for each of ours, some say more.
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    This looks like reenactors.
    Turning relics into near-relics since 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by collectR View Post
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    Looks almost modern-day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    Born a year after my folks ere, and died the same year they did. Something of no meaning whatever, but the dates caught my ye.

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    IIRC they were flying bi-planes and supposedly cut their engines to glide into the target. Whatever, seems they were pretty quiet and were hard to locate from the ground.
    Yes, bi-planes. Polikarpov Po-2s, mostly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polikarpov_Po-2
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    A member of the 2nd Battalion de Choc, French Commandos, captures a German soldier behind a shattered staff car during a firefight in Belfort, France on November 20, 1944.
    The retreating German army held up the French First Army before the town until French Commandos made a successful night attack on the Salbert Fort. Belfort was liberated on 22 November 1944.

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    Description

    Full scale wooden mock up (note the man standing on the left who gives a good idea of the F1's size).

    Twelve of these 140 tonnes behemoths were ordered on 27 April 1940 to replace the aging FCM 2Cs. This tank, designed to lead assaults on the Siegfried Line in 1941, was to be armed with a high-velocity 90mm gun (mv 710 m/s, penetration 100mm at 1000 m) in the rear turret and a 75mm SA 35 in the front turret (the mock up above shows a 47mm gun mock up instead) with a 25mm AT gun on each side of the hull ! The design wasn't finalised however and armament variants included a 105mm gun in the forward turret of in the front hull. Its front armour was to be 120mm with 100mm side armour and its two 550 hp engines would hopefully allow it to race along at a mighty 24 km

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    French Renault FT-17, and the crew is American, probably 1918. I include it here to give a clear indication of the light armor and extraordinarily cramped crew accommodation of this vehicle, which was still in extensive service at the beginning of WW2, mainly in France but also in many other European (not to mention Asian) armies. Survival prospects for crew in the event of the tank being hit by anything making a reasonably big "bang" were limited ...

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    "Nicolé", French Resistance femme-fatale, displays her captured German MP40. Although period for this photo seems authentic, few other details attach - other than that the young lady is credited with the capture of 25 Germans, and killing several others, in the course of the liberation of Chartres, France, Summer 1944.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curly1 View Post
    French Renault FT-17, and the crew is American, probably 1918. I include it here to give a clear indication of the light armor and extraordinarily cramped crew accommodation of this vehicle, which was still in extensive service at the beginning of WW2, mainly in France but also in many other European (not to mention Asian) armies. Survival prospects for crew in the event of the tank being hit by anything making a reasonably big "bang" were limited ...

    Several French tanks turned up recently in A$$ghanistan and even Mess-O-potamia. IIRC, one went to the Fort Knox Patton museum. A nice one is at the WWI musuem; a buddy at CGSC just saw it. Several others across the nation.

    https://www.kansascity.com/living/st...Great-War.html

    https://www.generalpatton.org/

    http://www.pattonthirdarmy.com/renault.html

    https://history.army.mil/museums/art...naultFT17.html

    https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/...the-m1917.html

    https://www.radclifftourism.org/pattonmuseum.shtml

    https://www.aaftankmuseum.com/exhibits

    http://www.andrewgrantham.co.uk/afgh...ank-to-poland/

    http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/armour...und-iraq-3646/

    https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en...oiowE3oECBYQBg

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    David Murvihill wrote QUOTE "

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    Could be, I just liked what looks to be original Degtyarev DP28 LMG's
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    FRANCE-- These women are members of the FFI (French Forces of the Interior), acting as guides, scouts, and assisting in mopping up the Germans in captured towns. August 16, 1944

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    French "Fantasque" Class heavy destroyer, "L'Indomptable". Commissioned in 1935, L'Indomptable served against the Germans in the Norwegian campaign. Following the accession of the Vichy regime in France, she entered Vichy service and campaigned against the Allies in the Atlantic (against the Murmansk convoys), and as an escort to Axis convoys in the Mediterranean. Following a boiler accident, she was returned to Toulon for repairs. She was still at Toulon when the Germans invaded Vichy France, leading to her scuttling to prevent capture (by whom is not exactly clear, at least to me), November 1942.

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    French Resistance had a rather broader profile in relatively remote, rural areas, particularly where hills, mountains and wilderness might be involved. While positive Resistance activity in cities might have consisted of the usual Gaulllist, Communist, Jewish and so on categories, out in the hills this profile broadened to include really large bodies of "Maquisards" whose main (often only) contribution to the struggle was to hide in the hills so as to avoid transportation to Germany as forced labourers, and other groups which consisted of what can only be described as armed bandits. One type of "Resistance" shaded into another, and different groups variously connected with one another, in such a way that it is difficult to get a fixed understanding of the overall reality. Oh well. On the basis of what happened in liberation struggles and revolutions elsewhere (including in my own country), I am sure they all claimed pensions after the war ... Just kidding (I think), JR.

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    Régine-Ariane Knout, daughter of Russian composer Alexandr Scriabin, convert to Judaism and wife of Jewish poet David Knout. Ariane Knout was not a child-rescuer; she was a founder/organiser of the Armeé Juive (AJ) an armed resistance group active in the Langedoc-Rousillon area of the South of France. She was involved in arms procurement for the group, and liaison between the AJ and other Resisistance groups in the region. Ariane Knout was killed in action in an ambush by the Vichy Milicé in July, 1944.

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    Madeleine Dreifus, child psychologist and French Jewish resistant, also involved in the rescue of Jewish children. In 1943, attempting to rescue a Jewish child from a predicted Gestapo raid on an institution for the deaf that was used by her organisation as a transit/cover for children in her care, she was arrested and spent an extended period in the Bergen-Belsen transit camp. For some reason, she was not deported to the East, and was freed when the camp was liberated by British forces in 1945. She was awarded the Medaille de la Resistance in 1947, and went on to enjoy a distinguished career as a psychologist.

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